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england. she tried to tap a fund for poor brits to pay bills at the palace. what's with that? >> i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important complicated issue. i certainly hope my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. >> it's the testimony on capitol hill that maybe nobody could have gotten away with except stephen colbert. hello, everyone. i'm chris jansing. startling new developments in a story that we've been following for you all day out of miami. coral gables, a bank teller abducted from his home, strapped to what may have been a bomb in an apparent bank heist. police say the kidnapers took off with an unknown amount of cash, and a major man hunt is onto find them. msnbc's richard lui has more for them. >> we've been following the press briefings coming out this afternoon. and what we understand now the story is 14 hours old, still developing. the fbi mentioning about an hour ago three suspects still at
large. that is still out there. then there's the person that was apprehended in this video. got video to show you what happened about three hours ago when we were watching it. i'm going to lay that out for you. the fbi saying this is a story of him being a teller that was taken hostage right after midnight in his home. the masked suspects at that time then strapped a bomb to this teller you see here, according to the fbi, and took him to the bank this morning. okay, back to the computer i got with you. i spoke with a business owner around the corner from this structure, the bank of america building. he was a customer and he gave me a rough layout of what was happening here. what we understand according to the fbi is that the victim with an explosive device attached to him was walked inside here from the parking lot on his own, then went back to this corner.
this is where the manager's office is roughly speaking. spoke to the bank manager about 8:00 this morning and said there are three people outside that have strapped this explosive to me. i'm instructed to bring out as much money as i can. he goes back to the suspect's car, gives them the money, and the car flees. then he goes back inside and tells the bank manager what has happened. when i called the bank they did say they were closed. this part of the structure was closed. they had the drive-thru open at 8:00 a.m. the description here is of a red mustang, according to what we understand. we'll get more details on the vehicle. they're still looking for the three suspects, chris. and we know from local police the bank is now empty of people and the explosive device is in custody. they're breaking it down to see if this device could have actually worked. and they're looking at that. they're not saying though, chris, if it was viable.
don't know yet. >> all right, richard. thanks. i know you'll stay on top of it in case we get more information in the hour. i want to bring in former fbi profiler clint van zandt who joins us via skype. you call this a tiger kidnapping. >> it referring to a common kidnapping overseas. many times a bank employee has his family taken hostage during a home invasion. your family is threatened and in this unique case a bomb like with device is attached to the individual. you're told get the money or the life of your family is in peril. right now the challenge is to find the three alleged other people. it has to be a two-track investigation to find out the exact role, if any, of this bank teller who is currently believed to be a victim in the crime.
>> so the first thing you do, obviously, you take him in. you question them. also there are reports that his father wasn't just family member, but also a bank executive, clint. >> yeah, supposedly his father is a bank executive and, chris, his sister is also a bank teller. the one report says the victim was recently promoted, had the keys to the bank because he was the one that opened the bank early in the morning. he was the first one there with the keys. as an fbi agent you and i would want to know who would have that information, who would be aware that he had the keys, in this case, to the vault into the bank. >> and i'm trying to figure out in these kinds of cases why the home invasion. we were saying this has been going on literally since the middle of the night. why would you go to that home and wait until 8:00 when there were going to be people in the bank. if you're getting someone who works for the bank, who has key
thos the bank, i'm trying to figure out. this doesn't make logical sense to me, clint. >> well, chris some people realize unfortunately they know that banks have time locks on some of their vaults, and that there's no way even if you know the combination or have a key or anything that you can get that vault open before a certain time. so in the case of the tiger kidnappings, we see the home invasion. we see the family threatened, which obviously gets the attention of the victim, but then the robbers have to wait until that perhaps time vault is going to open up. now they have that person. he's frightened. he's scared for his family. in this case apparently frightened for his own life. they take him to the bank. he's able to access the money, bring the money outside. the robbers leave telling him that this is a command detonated device. do nothing or we'll set it off. that would probably get your attention and let you do what the robbers told you to do.
>> yeah, without a doubt. clint van zandt. your expertise is invaluable. thank you so much. >> thank you, chris. you may have heard an economist say the recession ended last year. just try toling that to most americans. some of the most compelling results from a new national pew research poll review two americas. a majority of americans, 55%, sa they've lost ground economically during the recession. 45% say they were able to hold their own. now, the number of people who filed new unemployment claims increased by 12,000 last week. that's according to the department of labor, which signals a continuing reluctance to hire new workers. steve is a political columnist with a salon.com. mark hill is host of "our world with black enterprise." is that what we really are looking at? we heard some of it in the 2004, even 2008 campaign, professor.
that we're really looking at two americas now, the haves and the have notes. >> absolutely. really since the beginning of the reagan administration we've seen a range of institutional mechanisms that have made it a huge gap between those who have hean those who don't. in recent times it's only intensified. the fact that 45% of american people, you know, were able to hold ground while many of us were losing ground is proof of that. this is a tough time for half of america. >> you know, steve, i keep thinking back to the town hall and the woman who stood up and said, a professional woman, who said my husband and i thought we were past the point of the beans and hot dogs. and her question for the president was, is this my new reality. i guess the question is are a lot of americans think just hanging onto your job or being worried if you'll be able to keep their job is their new reality? >> yeah, and not only that, when you're in the job, working longer hours sh making more concessions in terms of i'm not getting paid for this extra work. i'm not taking a vacation. because the job becomes more
important when you know there's no other jobs out there to get. if you lose that job. it just increases the anxiety even more. i think it gets to the point of how this recession is so fundamentally different than previous recessions. i think historically when you look at the expectation of when the country plunges into a recession is it's a sharply defined thing. we're going to lose ground real fast. we have to hold on. when we hit the turning point like we did this week when we declared the recession ended, we recovered fast. we're looking at a different picture where instead, yeah, the recession is over, but unemployment is going to stagnate in the high 9, low 10% range. people are still in massive debt from homes, college loans, credit card. >> let's talk about this. we talk about the american dream. another question that was asked is the american dream dead, and, of course, a key part of the american dream always was that you owned your own house. i want to read what mark zuckerman wrote. the home is not the cornerstone
of advancement but a ball and chain restricting their ability to move and seek out a job in another location. they can not afford to abandon the equity they have in their homes, and they can't sell in this miserable market. do you think that he's right, professor? . >> well, he's right people are landlocked by virtue of the housing market. you don't have much mobility. but i think that's a short-term problem. long term, the american dream is still alive and well. but the thing that's always animated the american dream has not just been hard work, but government intervention. we had a g.i. bill that created an entire middle class. we need more government intervention in ways that will create and animate and stimulate opportunity. we need bailouts. we need unemployment benefits. now we need long-term mechanisms to allow the american dream to live and thrive. >> and that is the economic part of this equation. i think there's also a communication part of this equation. how do you convince americans if
you're the president, if you're a member of congress, if you're somebody in a leadership position that the american dream isn't dead, which isn't just about them feeling better about themselves. we all know that the consumer confidence numbers will play heavily into a recovery. >> yeah, and there's a variable present this time that's sort soft different. this great recession comes at the end of the explosion in credit. and what that's meant is that people are in this recession, you know, instead of sort of having to tighten their wallets through recession, they're facing debt that mounts. they struggle to make the minimum payments. the interest pate payments accelerate. they're looking at the idea of spending now have. it's not a question of confidence. they have to measure any spending decision against this massive debt they're swimming in. it's only gotten worse during this. so it's tough. we look from the policy perspective. i look back and say i wonder if the original administration doesn't end up being the stimulus wasn't big enough at the beginning t they never got another crack at it, they never got another chance, what else can you do?
>> and it's also, one of the legacies of this administration, sadly, might be that the attention was misdirected. so much attention was paid to the middle class, to rescuing amts, to readjusting tax credits. we didn't readjust the lives of the working poor. this is an administration like all previous administrations over the previous years foe cussed on the middle class and the well to do. not on the working poor. if we don't continue to do that. we're going to see this gap between two americas continue to grow. one stat we saw in the poll was a college degree was a huge shield against recession pain. the fact of the matter with these education gaps we're not going to see. when we see health care gaps, we're not going to see that. until we invest properly in the conditions of the working poor and completely poor, we'll continue to have a gap. we'll continue to have an administration marked by contribution to this global suffering or this national suffering. >> mark lamont hill and steve, thank you, gentlemen. another member of president
obama's inner circle is leaving. david axelrod, senior adviser to the president and a main architect of his election campaign plans to leave next year to begin working on president obama's re-election. according to a report in the chicago tribune. axelrod says he'll remain in the current post well into 2011. but his impending departure is on the the heel's of larry summers announcement he's going at the end of the three. three of president obama's father is going. so ha lot of change not yet two years in. next on msnbc, three real estate agents attacked in middle america. two of them murdered. is there a pattern? are these crimes even connected? i'll talk to the police chief in charge of the investigation. so long, lilo. lindsay lohan violated her probation and was taken directly to jail in handcuffs. >> this is america. i don't want a tomato picked by a mexican. i want it picked by an american.
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house. last week there was a third case. brooks and his old brother paul were charged with robbing another real estate agent. chief, thanks very much for joining us. i mean, these are horrible times anyway, in most parts of the country to be a real estate agent. it's hard to make a sale, and now these folks feel terrorized. what's been the reaction in your community? >> i believe the reaction is probably what you would normally expect for such a heinous crime occurring. people are concerned. there's some fear going around. obviously there's a lot of relief that we have made apprehensions. >> we said 25-year-old robert brooks. 27-year-old grant cooper. what do we know about them? what's their background? >> they have a pretty much clean record. they don't have a big history involving crime in ohio or anywhere that we can locate at this moment. there's a third individual brother. he has spent time in jail.
he is on bond. excuse me, he's on parole from, i believe, a wisconsin charge. >> and we're talking, of course, about this one case of vivian martin. there is another murder and then the robbery. what are the chances that these are related? >> the robbery, they're related in the sense the individuals are same ones, at least one of them is the same one involved in the earlier robbery. as we know so far, the second homicide we don't believe that they're related at this moment. but the investigators are still looking. >> any leads in the second murder? >> i believe the county sheriffs, i believe they issued a warrant out for an individual. in that unrelated to the individuals we have arrested. >> jimmy hughes, good luck with that. thank you for taking the time to talk with us. >> not a problem at all. thank you for having me on. >> when you hear the emerging details of a connecticut home invasion and murder, it's
actually tough to wrap your head around the horror a family went through before being killed in their own home. well, today, the fire marshal testified in the trial of steven hayes, one of two men accused in the brutal murder of a mother and her two daughters back in 2007. jeff rossen has been monitoring the case. yesterday there was such graphic testimony, the father had to leave the courtroom, just couldn't take it. >> they were showing autopsy pictures of his wife jennifer and his two girls. their bodies burned, their clothes burned. beyond that, it was just gripping, compelling and discuss gustingly detailed testimony about the sexual assaults that happened in the house to his wife and younger daughter, and also ho how they were killed. what's so chilling here beyond all of that is how matter of fact the suspects were about it
before the murders and home invasion. back in 2007 the two men, steven haste and joshua -- broke into the etit family home in a small beautiful upscale connecticut suburb. broke in, tied the family up, terrorized them overnight. they said it was supposed to be a robbery. that's steven hayes on your screen. this was supposed to be a robbery, the defense says, that just got out of control. they tortured the family all night, according to prrtds, then drove the wife to a bank of america nearby. she withdrew $15,000, told the bank teller it was to pay a ransom thinking her family could go free if they paid. within the hour after that they burned the house down with the family inside. william es cased. he's had to this listen to all this in court. look at these text messages between the two suspects.
7:45 p.m. i'm chomping at the bit to get started. need a margarita soon. his police, komisarjevsky, yes. soon? >> he writes back, i'm putting the kid to bed. >> his own kids. he's a dad. he's putting his child to bed planning a home invasion and ultimately prosecutors say a murder. and then he writes back the horses want to get loose, lol. this is a joke to them. >> no one has looked at this case doesn't think these guys are guilty they've said as much. >> stevens hayes' defense attorney. >> what's their argument for not giving them the death penalty. >> the argument is, look, yes, my compliant did it. this was a robbery, though, that got out of control. for a capital case, it has to be premeditated. it has to be brazen. in this case they're saying the murder part wasn't premeditated. the robbery was.
we went in there and wanted to rob them. we didn't mean to kill them. they also at some point in the trial are pointing the finger at police. they're throwing anything at the wall. saying the police were too slow to respond and the family wouldn't have been killed. bizarre strategy here. >> yeah, blame the police because they didn't arrest us fast enough. if they had arrested us, maybe we wouldn't have killed his family. >> ridiculous. >> thanks, jeff. apparently even the queen of england is feeling tough economic times. you won't believe where she's trying to get money to pay her heating bills m. plus the ultimate story of survival. bone cancer patient undergoes a first of its kind surgery that involved virtually cutting her body in half. hear it directly from hear next on msnbc. stufy, make the call. ♪ [ dialing ] [ beeping ] [ beeping ]
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receiving con suggestions has prompted congress to deal with these injuries. a house heard compelling testimony from everyone from professional football players to teenager ls who have suffered really troubling effects of concussions. >> the headaches lingered and i began to forget things. not just day-to-day, but morning to evening or moment to moment. my sleeping patterns change. i slept more feeling constantly tired. yet i had trouble falling asleep. school became more difficult once we started to delve into more complicated subjects. >> tom costello is following the story. he joins me from washington. the first thing that strikes you, tom, professional football players getting a concussion. not so surprising. but when you see a young girl like that or hear stories about what has happened to male high school athletes, it's really shocking.
>> and that girl alison is talking about what has happened to her in the last month. she just suffered that injury on the soccer field in august and she's still struggling in school, even though she's an honor student. it used to be we believe the we can blow these off. the child can get back on the field relatively quickly. now the thinking is these things are serious indeed. we know somewhere in the neighborhood of 135,000 e.r. visits every year are attributed to kids 18 and under with concussions. the total number thought to be so much more than that because so many parents, teachers, coaches and students get back up on the field and try to play it off. >> for a long time we didn't know as much. there was an attitude. you got hit, you got the wind knocked out of you, man up. get back up there. >> now if my hand were the brain and here's the school, inside
the skull there are rough edges. and the brain hits the skull, and as it moves, literally the rough edges are tearing the fibers of the brave. so the concern is that can lead to damage that can last days, weeks, months and years. some of the symptoms, and you heard alison talk about it. they have headaches, difficulty concentra concentrating. vision and balance problems. extreme cases depression and decide. and the brain injury, and that's what they're calling this, a brain injury can last for some time. concentration problems, and so the recommendations that doctors are giving right now now is, listen, if you suspect that a player has a heads injury, stop there. get the player off the field at that point. do not put the player back on the the field until he or she has been evaluated by a doctor. not an e.m.t., a doctor who wants to check for head injuries. >> often the second and third hit will be turn out to be
catastrophic. tom costello, important information, thank you. imagine going into the operating room knowing you're about to be virtually cut in half. that's what happens to janice olsen, mother of two. she required surgery so radical doctors never attempted it before. with no other choices left, janice battling a cancerous tumor in a hip decided to let doctors remove her left leg, half her pelvis, her tailbone, part of the spine to get at the tumor, take it out and put her back together. i had a chance to talk with her about she got through this. >> i remember just kind of going into a fog and feeling like i was going to throw up. and i don't think my mind or my body could process that information. >> and how were you processing it? and was the decision for you at all clear? >> i don't know how i made it
through that first little while. a little bit of work. a little bit of looking after the kids like i was busy. so i didn't have much alone time to think about it. it was a very emotional time. >> emotional is a tremendous understatement probably. i understand when you woke up from that surgery he had something poignant to say to you. >> yeah, when i woke up from surgery i asked him if i was dying, and he said, no. he reminded me of the surgery that had to be done and made sure that i knew i had lost my leg, but he told me they did it all. it went well. they got the cancer out. they got great margins around it. they say you're going to live to be an old lady. >> that's a moment i want to hear about for both of you. when the doctor told you, darrell, and darrell told you that the surgery went well. that they had gotten the cancer. did you hug the doctor?
what did you do at that point? >> i remember that day. it's etched into my mind forever. we were in the hotel in rochester. the phone was ringing for me every two hours all day long letting me know how the surgery was going, what point they were at. and finally at 2:00 or 4:00 in the morning the surgeon himself phoned me and let me know that my wife is just with the plastics team and that the cancer was completely removed. they got huge surgical margins, which i think was his exact words. and he said your wife is now cancer free. >> unbelievable. equally unbelievable and my favorite part of the story and yours, you two renewed your vows, your tenth anniversary this past may. and you walk down the aisle, didn't you? >> yes, i did. it was very important to me. it was a surprise to all of our family. i think some of them were thinking i might.
but nobody knew. i had a new prosthetic. i was training on it for six months. i hadn't let my family know. it was very important for me to wear the dress again, although it wasn't exactly the same and walk down the aiisle not wheel down the aisle. >> only one other patient survived that came out of this procedure. i asked her about the mood in the room, not a dry eye in the house. coming up next, the tea party is having a major impact on the midterm elections. meet a driving force behind the tea party. sten stephen colbert in character and on capitol hill. how did he get away with it? plus, more trouble for lindsay lohan. why the troubled star is now back in jail. ♪
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let's take a look at how stocks are doing today. gang busters. let's look at the numbers. the dow, s&p and nasdaq all moving to the up side. a 184 point gain for the dow. the s&p is up by 21 points. citigroup is giving the top 25 executives at the bank a multimillion dollar pay increase. one executive will receive a salary of cash and stock totalling $9 million with a likely bonus near $5 million. vikram pundit declined a raise. and gold is all a glitter today. it hit a record high-rising about $1,300 an ounce for the first time ever. this as investors sought refuge from the stock market. chris, back over to you. >> thank you very much, amanda. have a great weekend. we're 38 days for the midterm
elections. no one can deny the growing influence of the tea party. upset primary winners from christine o'donnell to rand paul, sharron angle. the tea party has the attention of everyone from president obama to the gop leadership in congress. and, of course, millions of voters are paying attention. but just today the second annual national tea party convention in las vegas was canceled because of poor ticket sales. and recent fighting has led to questions about whether this really is a grass roots movement or just another well funded political operation. mark meckler is the cofounder of the tea party patriots and joins me live. what happened? what's your reaction to the national convention being canceled? >> well, i'm actually pleased about it. this is not an organization representative of the real party movement. this is a single individual who set up a for-profit entity. that's not what the tea party movement is about. i'm not surprised to see it not go forward.
most tea partiers will be pleased. >> i think there is confusion. one hand a grass roots movement by nature will not have a big central organization. that's the reason you got away from the republicans and democrats. on the other hand who speaks for the tea party, and is it confusing? >> you know, i do think it's confusing because it's a different paradigm. i don't speak for the tea party. sarah palin doesn't speak for the tea party. really nobody does except for the millions of people participating in our organization alone tea party patriots.org there are over 2,800 independent chapters. they speak for themselves. >> would you deny that sarah palin has brought a lot of people into your movement? >> i would. she came late to the movement. the movement started back in february of 2009. she was nowhere to be seen. based on the number of tea
parties across the movement, the press generated, the great majority of it done without sarah's involvement. i think she shares a lot of values with the tea party. but she's certainly not a leader. >> one is christine o'donnell. at the same time she gives a lot of credit to sarah palin. according on "the new york times" a long time republican put up $250,000 for tv ads to help christine o'donnell in the primary. in the same article you say this is not what the movement is about. could you help clarify for people what it is about why this really isn't it. >> this is not to denigrate his accomplishments. he's very accomplished. it's what he's done his entire career this was a chance for him to take advantage of the
movement. they said they were not a part of the movement. >> is the november election going to be over with the tea party more or less influential? >>. >> i think we'll be much more influential after the elections. the millions of people are looking forward to november third. that's when they believe our real work begins. that's the chance to really keep an eye on the people who are elected. i think people of both political parties have taken their eye off the ball for too long. we vote for people we believe in. they go to d.c. and do things they promise they won't do. we're going to keep them honest this time. >> send in the clown. pretend news man stephen colbert is making real news today, trading a live studio audience for members of congress to testify on immigration. i'm not making this up. the funny man spoke on behalf of the unite farm workers of america with biting satirical
testimony on the issue of illegal immigrant farm worker ls. >> after working with these men and women, picking beansing corn for hours on end side by side in the unforgiving sun, i have to say, and i do mean this sincerely, please don't make me do this again. it is really, really hard. for one thing you have to spend all day bending over. it turns out, and i did not know this. most soil is at ground level. if we can put a man on the moon, why can't we make the earth waist high? where is the funding? this brief experience gave me some small understanding of why so few americans are clambering to begin an exciting career as seasonal migrant field worker. so what's the answer? i'm a free market guy. normally i would leave this to this invisible hand of the market. but it's already moved over 84,000 acres of production and
over 22,000 farm jobs to mexico and shut down over a million acres of u.s. farmland due to lack of available labor. apparently even the invisible hand doesn't want to pick beans. i'm not a fan of the government doing anything. but i've got to ask, why isn't the government doing anything maybe this ag jobs bill would help. i don't know. like most members of congress i haven't read it. but maybe we could offer more visas who let's face it will probably be doing these jobs anyway. the point is we have to do something because i am not going back out there. at this point i break into a cold sweat at the side of a salad bar. i thank you for your time. it is an honor, a privilege and a responsibility to be here. i trust following my testimony both sides will work together on this issue in the best interest of the american people as you always do. i'm now prepared to take your
questions and or pose for pose pictures with the grandchildren. i yield the balance of my time usa, number one. >> joining me now, managing editor of media.com. as political sapphire we were laughing. it's really funny. as congressional testimony, how did he get away with it. >> mostly he's genius. he's brilliant. he's really smart. he's likable. is brand of satire is nuanced. >> i'm not sure they were getting it. you looked at the faces of members of congress. they weren't sure what to make of it. one tried to get him thrown out before he smoke. >> the democrats enjoyed it more than the gop for a variety of reasons. one of the oddest pits of performance arts i've ever seen was colbert in front of congress. the gop congressional reps asking him questions and him staying in character.
that's sort of the weirdest, people can legitimately say he was making a mockery of the legislative process, but, you know, some say that the process o needs to be mocked. >> both of those things are true. on the the other side, look, he is a celebrity. he got attention to a hearing that frankly most people would have never listened to. does it serve any congressional purpose? if you're going to get attention for immigration and farm workers, is the attention really for stephen colbert, or is it for the issue? >> well, he definitely benefitted from the attention. but he basically, let's remember. the core issue here is immigration. and last time immigration was a huge issue was in 2006. the gop doesn't do great with a hispanic vote. it turns out when immigration is front and center. that may be a part of the reason why the gop was against it. but i'll be honest with you, he turned and redeemed himself when
he quoted a biblical passage and made a sweet and earnest moment that brought attention to the plight of migrant workers. >> well, colby hall, we vice president heard the last of this, i don't think. >> i don't think we have either. >> thank you for coming in. i appreciate it. >> coming up next, back to jail for lindsay lohan. will she really stay behind bars until late october? we'll talk about it. and it's a sign of the times. a toilet paper shortage in california. say it isn't so. we'll fill you in when we go down to the wire. maybe you want to provide meals for the needy. or maybe you want to help when the unexpected happens. can whatever you want to do, members project from american express can help you take the first step. vote, volunteer, or donate for the causes you believe in at membersproject.com. take charge of making a difference.
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an inpatient rehab. today social media, politics and entertainment all colliding. here's the official announcement on the facebook founder's $100 million donation to newark schools. mark zuckerberg talked about it on oprah. zbli committed to starting the start up education foundation whose first project will be a $100 million challenge grant. >> $100 million! >> starting sunday, don't miss a special week long nbc event called education nation. now on monday president obama will sit down live with matt lauer for a one-on-one interview about the state of education in america. you can watch that interview live on msnbc and nbc. that's at 8:00 eastern on monday. desperate times call for desperate measures. the queen needs help with her heating bills. i kid the eyes of
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paying bills at the palace. what is going on? isn't she one of the richest people in the world? >> well, apparently, she is, but in the queen's defense, we are talking about big bills here. $1.5 million a year. someone in the royal household wrote to the government asking for a special share to upgrate old heating systems. the money was set aside for people on low income, not for the queen. a spokesperson said royal aid didn't know that and they were just trying to save the taxpayers money by improving. but really, how embarrassing. the queen, pinching the pennies. times must be hard, chris. >> thanks very much. in austria, you can live in a palace. they're offering rooms for rent, but you've got to pay for it. about four grand a month. and last up, someone is going to
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